Treasures of the Earth - Stage 2 Teacher Notes

These activities are designed for a self-guided visit to the Planet of Minerals and the Albert Chapman Mineral Collection exhibitions on Level 1.


Planet of Minerals Exhibition

Planet of Minerals Exhibition
Photographer: Carl Bento © Australian Museum

Before Your Visit

Syllabus links

Links with the NSW Board of Studies Stage 2 Science and Technology syllabus are:

Earth and Its Surroundings:
  • most materials come from the Earth and its surroundings
  • make accurate observations and describe these observations, or record them as diagrams, tables of data and graphs.

Pre-visit activities

To make the most of your visit to the exhibition we recommend that you prepare your students beforehand by:

  • introducing concepts related to the rocks and minerals of the Earth and our uses of them
  • introducing or revising relevant terminology used in the student activity sheet
  • providing a context for the excursion to the Museum including the reasons for visiting the Museum, the tasks to be completed and the expected outcomes.


Please photocopy the following materials for each student:

The following materials should be photocopied for each supervising adult:

At the Australian Museum

On-site activities

The activity enables students to better understand and appreciate some of the rocks and minerals ‘under our feet’ while surrounded by a rich array of rock and mineral specimens.

Students first explore the Planet of Minerals exhibition, searching for information about Igneous rocks and gold. In the Albert Chapman Mineral Collection they make some observations which will hopefully encourage their appreciation of this stunning, world-class collection.

Organisational tips

  • The activity should take about 50 minutes in total.
  • Use the Museum Guide Map to guide the students to the entrance of the Planet of Minerals exhibition on level 1. Before entering this exhibition, point out the nearby Albert Chapman Mineral Collection exhibition which students will enter later on in the activity.
  • You may wish to break your class into small groups, instructing them to explore the Planet of Minerals exhibition, finding answers to the questions in their booklet as they go.
  • We suggest that you have students read all the questions that relate to the Planet of Minerals exhibition before they set off into the gallery – so that they recognise when they have found a section of the exhibition which relates to the questions.
  • If students finish the activities before other students or your designated finishing time, we suggest that students simply explore the Albert Chapman Mineral Collection for displays that capture their interest. This could be combined with an informal discussion back at school – ‘what most captured my interest and why’. Alternatively or additionally, you could have students draw their favourite mineral in the exhibition.

Ms Helen Wheeler , Learning Services Operations Manager
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